Archive for December, 2007

IIIT-Bh admission process is online

From IIIT’s website:

Admission Process:

  • Advertisement for Admission to M.Tech programme: 27th Dec 2007
  • On Line application: Begins on 27th Dec
  • Last date Receipt of DD: 12th Jan
  • Entrance Examination: 13th Jan
  • Interview:
  • Publication of Results:
  • Academic Session Begins: Last Week of Jan 2008

The candidates can submit their applications online. Apply ON-LINE to M.Tech(CSE) Programme

The admission bulletin contains more information about the admission process. Following are some excerpts from the bulletin.


Candidates should possess either or more of the following qualifications:

  • B.Tech/B.E from any recognized universities in any discipline
  • M.C.A from any recognized university
  • M.Sc.(Computer Science)/ M.Sc.(Electronics)/ M.Sc.(Mathematics)/
  • M.Sc (Statistics)/ M.Sc. (Physics)
  • Any Equivalence of the above ( Recognized by Govt. of India/ Govt. of Orissa )

Entrance test:

The entrance test shall be conducted in two places: Bhubaneswar and Kolkata.


Based on the performance in the entrance test, shortlisted candidates will be called for interview at Bhubaneswar.

Final Selection:

The final selection shall be based on the candidates’ performance in the following:

  • Performance in the Entrance Test.
  • Performance in the interview.
  • Career Marks.

December 30th, 2007

Residential girls’ schools in 53 blocks soon

The Statesman reports the following on the CM’s announcement at the Tribes Advisory Council meeting.

Chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik today announced that residential girls’ schools will be opened in 53 blocks of scheduled area of the state, in a single phase. Similarly, a registered society will be set up for expediting reach of education in those areas. Mr. Patnaik was presiding over the Tribes Advisory Council meeting here today.

Education facilities have been extended to more than one lakh tribal girls through 1003 newly established hostels, he said and added that while construction work of 887 are complete, another 113 will soon be complete. Besides, 207 new hostels have been opened for tribal students in KBK region through the Revised Long Term Action Plan (RLTAP). He also pointed out that 10 Eklavya Model Residential schools have been accorded higher secondary school status. Renowned institutes like Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology and Central Tool Room are roped in to impart quality education to the teachers and around 1200 tribal students.

December 29th, 2007

Orissa government’s delay in responding may cost Orissa a world class central university

Update: A report in Samaja and Pioneer are given below.

Following is’s take on it.

Orissa is yet to send the proposal for setting up a World Class University (WCU) in the state.

Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has written to State Government to send a Detailed Proposal for a WCU in Orissa.

MHRD wrote the letter sequel to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s historic initiative on higher education includes 14 world class central universities each with an approximate initial budget of Rs. 1000 crores.

Besides traditional disciplines, these universities are supposed to have a medical school, an engineering school, a business school and a law school.

Currently India does not have any such world class university, and the central government, serious about the "world class" label wants these universities in locations that will create synergies.

Various news items have mentioned proximity to research labs such as CSIR labs as one of the qualifying locational attributes.

Orissa, at 6.1 per cent is at the bottom of the higher education enrollment among all major states, and needs to cover the biggest gap to make it to the 11th plan target of 15 per cent.

Moreover, Orissa is the 9th largest state of the country in terms of area and 11th largest in terms of population.

It also does not have any existing central universities.

Thus one would expect that Orissa would be in the front of the line making its case for one of these world class universities.

Unfortunately that is not the case.

Even after receiving communication from MHRD on this count Orissa has not yet responded, admited a senior official.

It would be a shame if Orissa loses out on this because of not making a proper and timely case, lamented an educationist.

Insiders say that the BJD-BJP Government is doing this deliberately so that when Orissa does not get one of these world class universities, than the government will again accuse the UPA Government of neglecting the state.

It is true that in recent past the UPA Government has created havoc by taking away a previously announced IIT from Orissa.

But in this particular case, the PM himself has stated categorically that there will be a competition between states in making decisions regarding the locations of the world class universities.

So if Orissa does not even send a timely proposal how can we blame the UPA government for Orissa not being given one of the WCU.

Chandrasekhar Sahu, Minister of State, Rural Development has written to MHRD about Orissa getting one of the WCU.

But one wonders if this will turn out like the NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) case.

Mr. Sahu was promised consideration for a NIFT by the Union Textiles Minister Sankar Sinh Vaghela, but the whole state was embarrassed in the Parliament when it was stated in a reply that Orissa government has never submitted a request for a NIFT.

In case of NIFT, Bihar took the lead in sending a proposal and snatched it from Orissa.

If Orissa loses out in getting one of the 14 world class university because of the current government’s laziness or because of its devious strategy to win elections at the cost of harming Orissa so that it can blame the Center, the people of Orissa will never forgive this Government, feel educationists.

2 comments December 28th, 2007

Naveen continues to raise the IIT issue

Following is an excerpt from a newsreport in Times of India.

Patnaik alleged that the state had been neglected by the Centre on several fronts like establishment of an IIT, IIM and expansion of railway network.

2 comments December 27th, 2007

Prof. R. Nayak’s mail about faculty positions in Biology and Life Sciences at NISER, Bhubaneswar

Govt of India has started several institutions modeled after  IISC except that these Institute would also have an integrated MSc   program. These Institutes go by the name Indian Institute of Science   Education and Research.(IISER). The NISER is a similar Institution which is   being funded by DAE rather than MHRD.In that sense it a sister institution   of  TIFR, Mumbai, and NCBS, Bangalore, etc.The sanctioned faculty strength in   the first phase is 200 of which at least 50 will be for the School of   Biology. I seek your help to locate suitable faculty in all branches of   biology through your network. We wish to make the new Institution one of  the best in India and in the world. DAE is good organization so far   financial support is concerned. Please contact  Dr R. Nayak at for further information.

1 comment December 27th, 2007

IIIT Bhubaneswar hires three more regular faculty and continues looking

As per its web page, IIIT Bhubaneswar has recently hired three new regular faculty. They are:

  • Dr. Somnath Tripathy, Ph.D. (IIT, Guwahati)
  • Dr. Rakesh Balwantray, Ph. D. (Utkal)
  • Prof. Anjali Mohapatra, Continuing Ph. D at Utkal.

With that the regular faculty strength of IIIT Bhubaneswar goes up to 5 with 3 of them having Ph.Ds and the other two pursuing Ph.Ds.


2 comments December 26th, 2007

AICTE approval for increasing the number of students in Rural Management Course in KIIT

Business Standard has a nice article on Kalinga School of Rural Management. Following are some excerpts.

Unlike IRMA, which offers a two-year Post Graduate diploma in Rural Management, KSRM will be able to award an MBA in Rural Management to the first batch of 72 students passing out in 2009 owing to its deemed university status.

The institute has also received the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approval for increasing the number of students from 74 to 100-120 for the second batch of students in 2008.

LK Vaswani, who taught at IRMA for 16 years and is now the director of KSRM, says the new institute retains the IRMA model of building and sustaining a partnership between rural people and committed professional managers.

But according to Vaswani, a key element that separates IRMA from KRSM, is the lack of inhibition towards its students choosing to work with the private sector.

“KSRM has decided to avoid taking a sectoral association. We do not believe in having any inhibitions towards the corporate sector considering more and more of them are entering the development sector. In fact, we are associated with the private sector where our students can have hands-on experience in agri-business, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), NGO management, finance and the like,” says Vaswani.

He added that in terms of on-the-field education or experiential learning, the institute hopes to surpass all other rural management schools.

For starters, the institute will hold live field training modules for a duration of 12 weeks which will be conducted thrice a year. The first batch of 72 students from 16 states will be asked to go back to their own states and adopt a village where they will work at the grassroot level. Students will also work with KIIT’s tribal school which has 3,000 children studying in its campus.

While IRMA, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top B-schools face a shortage of faculty, KSRM officials say it does not worry them.

Along with seven core rural management faculty members, three of whom are from IRMA, Vaswani says faculty from the KIIT university’s other institutes like school of law, school of management, school of technology, school of social sciences etc. contribute to almost 50 per cent of the teaching load, making it a very healthy student-faculty ratio. Around 15 rural management faculty will be inducted in 2008.

The institute has proposed an academic collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to ensure the participation of its students in the government’s ‘Science for Society’ programme in partnership with over 40 NGOs.

December 26th, 2007

IIIT construction to be completed in two years

Following is an excerpt from a report in The Statesman.

IIIT, Bhubaneswar, a state initiative project, similar to ones which have been established in other states since long is expected to meet the growing need for appropriate human resource, one of the crucial factors of IT and ITeS sector. The institute aims to be a world-class institute with an objective to impart higher education and undertake advanced research in the field of Information and Communication Technology.

A completely autonomous institute with full academic autonomy and sustained support from industry, IIIT (Bhubaneswar) shall offer M Tech and Doctoral programme in Computer Science.

The state government has already allotted 23.24 acre at Gothapatna, on the outskirts of the capital city. It has also committed a financial grant of Rs 10 crore towards start up capital expenses and a recurring annual grant of Rs 2 crore for the first three years. It may here be mentioned that the departmentally-related Standing Committee-IV of state assembly has also recommended a provision of further Rs 40 crore for the institute to create full-fledged infrastructure including hostel, residential facilities.

Infosys Technologies Limited has also paid Rs 1 crore for instituting a chair professor. State IT minister Surya Narayan Patro today presided over a review meeting of the progress of the institute. He said construction for the institute will commence soon and will be completed in two years time. It will cost around Rs 48 crore, he said. Mr Patro informed that till such time the institute will function at the Orissa Computer Application Center ( OCAC) building.

The selection process of M Tech programme shall be based on an entrance test, followed by interview. Students of BE/B Tech (any stream), MCA and MSc
(Computer Science/ Electronics /Mathematics/ Physics) are eligible to pursue the course. The students will pay approximately Rs 1 lakh annually besides accommodation and other expenses. Few scholarships to eligible students will be given in the second year of the course.

December 26th, 2007

IIIT Bhubaneswar to begin classes in January

Following is a report from

The International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar (IIIT-Bh) is all set to begin classes from January, 2008. 

With the AICTE approval in place the world class institution in making will invite applications from the students from the next week, said sources from IIIT-Bh. 

AICTE has allotted 25 seats in M.Tech Computer Science and Engineering for the institution. 

Normally the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) allows 18 seats in one discipline, where as in case of IIIT-Bh it has been liberal, looking at the list of faculty roped in for the purpose of higher learning. 

While Dr.Gopal Krishna Nayak and Professor Ajit Kumar Das have joined as regular faculty, top professors of various international universities have been roped in as Adjunct and Visiting faculty of the IIIT-Bh. 

Among the Adjunct and Visiting faculty, Professor Chitta Baral of Arizona State University, Professor Jaydev Mishra of University of Texas, Austin, Professor L N Bhuyan of University of California, Riverside, Professor Sarajua P Mohanty of University of North Texas, Professor Durga Mishra of New Jersey Institute of Technology, Professor Prashant Mohapatra of University of California, Davis, Professor Gautam Das of University of Texas, Arlington and Professor Rabi Mohapatra of University of Texas A & M have joined in IIIT-Bh. 

The Adjunct and Visiting faculty will visit the institute regularly and teach the students 

These are individuals who love teaching and do it extremely well, said an expert in higher education. 

They make themselves available for after-class discussion and devote long hours as advisors and guides to student teams. 

The cost will be around Rs.2 lakh for a two year M.Tech degree in IIIT-Bh. 

Classes will start in the OCAC Building for the time being till the institution will have its own campus at Gothapatana in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. 

A 23 acre plot has been allotted to IIIT-Bh and at least Rs.50 crore will be spend in developing the campus, said sources.

From next educational year M.Tech in Information Technology (IT) will be opened, revealed an insider.

1 comment December 23rd, 2007

National Law School foundation stone to be led by December end

Following is a report from Pioneer on this.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will lay the foundation stone of the National University of Law by the end of December. Sources said though the exact official date has not been finalised, the foundation stone laying ceremony is expected to be held on December 30.

The founding stone for the university will be laid on Brajabiharipur Mouza near CDA. The Government will provide one-time contribution of Rs 5 crore for the project. The Government will also provide 30 acre land for the project. The Law University will be built on the line of its counterpart in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kolkata.

While the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court will be the Chancellor of the University, Chief Justice of Supreme Court will be the visiting chairman of the newly formed Governing board.

Note: As per a recent Economic Times article, currently there are 7 National Law Universities. They are in Bangalore, Bhopal, Raipur, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Gandhinagar and Kolkata. There is plan that in 2008 they will have a common entrance exam. The proposed National Law University in Orissa should immediately attempt to join this group.

3 comments December 23rd, 2007

Ad for Ph.D program in BARC (from Samaja)

December 22nd, 2007

More on IIIT Bhubaneswar receiving AICTE approval

Following is an excerpt from a New Indian Express report.


BHUBANESWAR: The upcoming International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) here has received AICTE nod to start the first batch with 25 seats.

To begin with, the institute would offer M.Tech programme in computer science.

Director Gopal Krushna Nayak said the institute would now seek BPUT’s affiliation.

Once this comes through, which he expects to happen soon, dates for admission to the new programme would be announced.

Appointment of faculty members would also be carried out soon.

The programme would focus on a host of emerging and traditional areas of computer science.

They include computer architecture and engineering, operating systems and networking, database management systems, graphics and humancomputer interaction, programming system, security, software engineering and business analysis.

IIIT Bhubaneswar aims to be a unique institute imparting education, training, research and consultation in technology and related fields to develop human resources to spur economic growth and lead society in the coming decades.

It will be modelled after IIIT Bangalore. Tech giant Infosys has already sponsored a chair at IIIT, Bhubaneswar, while other firms like TCS, Wipro and Mindtree have evinced interest to follow suit.

The State Government has provided about 24 acres for the campus at Gothapatna on the outskirts of the city and the Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa has been entrusted with the job of infrastructure development.

Till the institute comes up, classes would be conducted on the campus of Orissa Computer Application Centre (OCAC) here.

Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy is the chairman of the governing body, while other members included Prof.L.M.Patnaik of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and representatives of IT companies having development centres in the city.

The institute is expected to put the city prominently on the educational map of the country and a sought after destination for students especially from Eastern India.

1 comment December 21st, 2007

IMIS Bhubaneswar to have PG course in retail management

Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard. (Thanks to Deba Nayak for the pointer.)

The Retailers Association of India (RAI) has selected NSHM Knowledge Campus Kolkata and Durgapur and IMIS in Bhubaneswar in eastern region to offer the 18-month post graduate programme in retail management (PGPRM).

NSHM’s campuses in Kolkata and Durgapur, and IMIS, Bhubaneswar are three of the 15 B-schools chosen by RAI for the PGPRM programme.

RAI has also introduced the Common Admission Retail Test (CART) to screen candidates interested to pursue the PGPRM course.

According to Gibson G Vedamani, CEO of RAI, “The objective of the PGPRM programme is to provide students with a high level of knowledge and understanding of the concepts and processes involved in retailing. The course will also equip them with the operational and analytical skills necessary for a [professional career in the retail sector. CART will ensure that we get the best of talents.”

The CART exam will be conducted at over 25 centres in India on January 27.

IIM-Indore has joined hands with RAI to develop the course content and teaching methodology. The 18-month PGPRM course costs close to Rs 4 lakhs.

14 comments December 20th, 2007

CM asks for IIT, IIM, and IIIT in Orissa reports that  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has again highlighted the need of establishing IIT, IIM, and IIIT in Orissa while addressing the 54th National Development Council meeting. Following is an excerpt.

Naveen Patnaik has set the target of growth at 9 per cent during next five years.

Addressing the 54th meeting of the National Development Council (NDC) here on 19 December, Chief Minister of Orissa announced that the 11th five year plan for Orissa has an outlay of Rs.32,225 crore and targeted 9 per cent growth for the plan period.

Establishment of prestigious Central institutions like IIT, IIM and IIIT in Orissa to meet growing needs of skilled manpower for upcoming industries, was highlighted in his speech.



1 comment December 19th, 2007

Education to remain the most favored sector in the 11th Plan: PM

The Sahara Samaya reports on the Prime Minister’s address at the National Development Council meeting. Following is an excerpt.

Observing that education is the "most favoured sector", the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said the outlay on education will be up from 7.68 per cent of the Central Gross Budgetary Support in the 10th Plan to over 19 per cent in the 11th Plan.

In fact, education is the most favoured sector and the three fold increase in its share and a five fold increase in the actual outlays demonstrate the criticality of this sector in ensuring sustained inclusive growth in the future," he told the National Development Council (NDC) meeting to approve the XIth Five Year plan.

Singh said the country needed a greatly expanded supply of educated and skilled labour to support ambitious growth targets.

During the Plan period 6,000 model schools in all blocks, 30 new Central Universities, 370 new colleges in educationally backward districts, a Skill Development Mission to cater to one crore students per year and a huge expansion in the number of IIT, IIM, Indian Institutes of Information Technology, Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research are proposed, Singh said. "This is a decisive start to bridging the knowledge gap in our country,"he said.


December 19th, 2007

Business World 2007 B-School rankings

As per MBA Universe following is the top 15.

# 1       Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad                            

# 2       Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata

# 3       Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur

# 4       Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode

# 5       Management Development Institute, Gurgaon

# 6       Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi

# 7       Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow

# 8       National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai

# 9       SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai

# 10     Indian Institute of Management, Indore

# 11     Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi

# 12     Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai

# 13     Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

# 14     Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubneshwar

# 15     Alliance Business Academy, Bangalore


7 comments December 19th, 2007

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